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Fort Frederick to Host Colonial Children’s Day: A Soldier’s Life

Participants see how people washed their clothing during this time period.

Children try their hand at washing clothes the “old-fashioned” way

Who: Children ages 8 to 12

When: June 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: Fort Frederick State Park, 11100 Fort Frederick Road, Big Pool

Cost: $20 per child

Contact/Registration: 301-842-2155

Participants will be enlisted into Captain Alexander Beall’s Company of Maryland Troops to experience how soldiers lived at Fort Frederick during the French and Indian War. Activities include musket firing demonstrations, soldiers’ chores, military drills and a mission in search of the enemy.

Registration is required and limited to 20 participants. The park will provide children with lunch. Food, gift and souvenir items will be available for sale at Captain Wort’s Sutler Shop.

Fort Frederick State Park consists of the Western Maryland Rail Trail and Woodmont Natural Resources Management Area. The fort was built by the colony of Maryland in 1756 to protect western inhabitants and as a base to attack French strongholds in the Ohio River valley. Click here for the park’s full calendar of events.